The Dolomites, located on the northern border of Italy, are a section of the Alps named for the carbonate rock from which these mountains are made. They are not to be confused with Dolemite, which was a movie written by and starring comedian Rudy Ray Moore. More importantly, they are one of Italy’s most magnificent features, and if you’re traveling in Venice or anywhere else in Northern Italy, a trip to the Dolomites is a must-do.
For one thing, if you’re into alpine activities, the Dolomites are something of a haven. Rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding and even base jumping and hang gliding are popular here. These mountains are also home to an annual bike race, the Maratona dles Dolomites, held every July. In other words, you can find something to do year round; the hiking in the summer is among the best in the world.
If you’re more interested in a guided tour, you can board a minivan in Venice for a small group tour that takes you on a day trip into the mountains. Small villages dot this region, and your tour will stop at Pieve di Cadore for a morning coffee. The best part about this tour is that it’s more than riding in a car while your driver tells you facts that may or may not be interesting – your minivan will make frequent stops so you can get out, explore and snap some amazing photos of the beautiful scenery the Dolomites are known for.
You’ll stop at Lake Santa Caterina and Lake Misurina, the latter offering unparalleled views of Tre Cime di Laveredo, the most famous peak in the region. You’ll also stop at the village of Cortina (famous for its ski resort), where you’ll have time to explore the town a little. While Italy is famous for its cities, its country is just as interesting, and the Dolomites are among its most amazing natural sights.